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Legendary Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam

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Join the Crystal Debussy for an 8-day voyage sailing from Basel, Switzerland to the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. Follow the romantic Rhine through quaint villages in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands to explore Gothic cathedrals, grand palaces, and imposing fortresses. Visit Strasbourg, which is one of the world’s most photogenic towns. Stop in the quaint town of Germersheim, best known for its iconic Weissenburg Gate. Make your way to Mannheim, where the bicycle was born. Stroll Rüdesheim's famous Drosselgasse and savor a locally produced pinot noir at a wine tavern. Finally, make your way to Cologne, where you can view Germany's most visited landmark - the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral before disembarking in Amsterdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 2 : Strasbourg, France
Day 3 : Germersheim, Germany | Mannheim, Germany
Day 4 : Rüdesheim, Germany
Day 5 : Koblenz, Germany
Day 6 : Cologne, Germany
Day 7 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 8 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk the charming cobbled streets of Amsterdam
  • Discover Mannheim, known for innovation and industry
  • Visit Koblenz and admire the classic Germanic architecture
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral

Ship

Crystal Debussy

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore Basel Stroll through romantic Strasbourg Spring flowers in Mannheim River through Koblenz Germany Admire the Kölner Dom, Europe's largest Gothic cathedral Visit Amsterdam

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

Even with its international flair and reputation as an iconic center for progressive art and design, Basel’s medieval town center invites exploration by foot with an abundance of museums and galleries. While antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, two of its native sons – architects Herzog & de Meuron renowned design London’s Tate Modern Beijing’s Bird’s Nest – bring a modern flair to the city’s design along with other notable architects including Frank Gehry.

Day 2 Strasbourg, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is one of the world’s most photogenic towns. It boasts a breathtaking Gothic cathedral and a remarkable charm that oozes from virtually every cozy corner of Grande Île, or “Large Island,” the first city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 Germersheim, Germany | Mannheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled on the Rhine River between Karlsruhe and Speyer, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the quaint town of Germersheim is best known for its iconic Weissenburg Gate, part of a 19th-century fortress built to protect the left bank of the Rhine against France. The town's verdant parks, cobbled lanes, lovely squares and historical buildings, such as the 18th-century City Hall and centuries-old St. Jakobus Church, are complemented by a wide variety of restaurants, cafés and bars.

The name Benz is synonymous with automotive innovation, and here is where this legacy began. Also born here was the “man-powered running machine” (or bicycle), the Lanz Bulldog tractor and first rocket-powered aircraft, firmly establishing the city as the place for innovation and industry. The university town is also alive with hubs of diverse food, drink and shopping, as well as a thriving art and musical culture.

Day 4 Rüdesheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. The region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times, promise to delight, too.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon cruising the romantic Rhine toward Koblenz.

Day 5 Koblenz, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three mountain ranges meet, Koblenz’ scenery is unmatched. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready-made for photos. Ambling along the town’s narrow lanes and river promenade, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, ideal for sipping Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Day 6 Cologne, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Germany’s most visited landmark – the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral – dominates the skyline here, its magnificent Gothic twin-spires reaching toward the heavens. Peel your eyes away from the Kölner Dom, its local name, to see the space needle-like Rhine Tower, ancient Roman ruins, a modern museum, cozy beerhalls and the arches of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.

Day 7 Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still, others imagine tulips in bloom and the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Each vision is even more beguiling when experienced in person.

Day 8 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship this morning after breakfast.

Crystal Debussy

Per person starting at
$2,799
Petite Suite
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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Petite Suite
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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S3)
237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Penthouse
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Crystal Penthouse (CP)
506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Suite
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Crystal Suite (CS)
759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.

Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be at least two complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24 hour self service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24 hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of one of two complimentary shore excursions in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
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